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SAVE is working to transition our all volunteer organization into a professionally staffed organization, focused on bringing economic education to students young and old. In this transition SAVE has partnered with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Whatcom County to provide a trained staff member and the tools to set up our Growing the Economy with Raspberry Pi program labs in all of their clubs.

Banner Bank, a Washington charted financial institution operating in Bellingham and Blaine, has awarded us with a $2500.00 gift to help us in this transition. To say that we’re ecstatic and grateful for Banners management and staff would be understating it. Banner Bank understands the importance of economic education as an important tool for success and we thank them for believing in us to deliver on that.

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“SAVE the Date” Raises Money for Economic and Technology RPi Program

The SAVE (Social Alliance Vibrant Economy) presentation for Growing the Economy with Raspberry Pi program drew approximately 30 community leaders, including 42nd Dist. Wash. State Sen. Doug Ericksen and Wash. State Rep. Luanne Van Werven.

SAVE raised approx. $3,000 in tax deductible gifts from this event held on, April 11th, at Bellingham’s, Squalicum Boathouse.

Board member, Dave Courtney, explained how the Raspberry Pi 3 (RPi) micro computer can be built and used by elementary school students. The RPi program teaches kids about the economy through visual lessons on networking and coding with the RPi. SAVE’s program partners with local businesses or business organizations to further develop a clear understanding of the connection between business activity, consumer desires, and how their government uses economic activity to pay for public needs. Dave cited SAVE’s successful program debut at Burlington’s, Bay View Elementary.

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Heather Powell, CEO of Boys and Girls Club of Whatcom County, told attendees how much her organization would love Raspberry Pi classes for its young participants.  If interested in attending and/or supporting the project, please call (360) 671-9210, or email info at savenw dot org. 

Thanks to our Great Local Sponsors!

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